Being lovers of the old school, it’s very rare that new music grabs our attention, but when i-D Magazine posted a link on their facebook page to a video called “Live in The Speaker” by new artist Mercedes, we were instantly intrigued by her fresh sound and Neneh Cherry-esque vibe. She’s definatley our new style crush so it was only right that we made her our flygirl of the month!
FULL NAME: Mercedes Seecoomar
Hey Mercedes! We’re diggin’ your voice and style right now! (we’ve had “Live in the speaker” on repeat for the past week!) How would you describe your sound? Mixture of ol school hip hop and electro vibes!
You remind us so much of Neneh Cherry! Who are your musical influences? Yay thank you! I love Neneh Cherry, Salt n Peppa, Roxanne Shante, Beastie Boys, L’Trimm…
How would you describe your signature style? Granny chic meets 80’s hip hop diva!
Who are your style icons and why? Today it has to be vintage Bobby Brown and Jodeci rocking those leather pants! Makes me want to get some leather lederhosen and drop it low!
What is your favourite outfit of all time? My mum had this designer friend when I was growing up. She made her a super long mesh leather matrix type coat. Whenever my mum wasn’t home that jacket came on and made me feel like some kind of goth super hero. Loved it!
What is your worst fashion faux pas? My high wasted Levis shorts. When I wear them I look like I have a penis…still wear them though
Footwear of choice? My Jordan 7’s Raptors!
Who is your favourite twitter follower and why? M.I.A cus she’s pretty damn cool to be honest!
Who’s style do you admire (non celeb)? Definitely my grandma! She used to be a seamstress in jamaica and made all her own dresses. Church on sunday in her hat and everything, she looks like a million bucks!
Where do you get your influence for style? Everywhere! Movies, music videos, people on the street and my brain!
What is your pet hate when it comes to fashion? Those caps with the studs and shiny things on the front! I think they are very ugly.
What’s your favourite fashion decade & why? Probably the 80’s early 90’s. I love the chunky jewlery, rara skirts, scrunchies, Cazal specs and all of that!
Tell us your top 5 tracks of the moment:
Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi
Icona Pop – Charli Xcx – I Love It
Action Bronson – Strictly 4 My Jeeps
Mykki Blanco – Wavvy
Wavy Spice – YAYA
Who would play you in a movie of your life and why? Kerry Washington, because I once got mistaken for her stepping out of a cab in LA. Which was pretty cool cus she is a Fox!
If you could pick any item to wear from the E&E collection which would it be? I love it all! Especially love the “Do The Right Thing” Tee!
What piece of advice would you give people to educate & elevate in life? Set goals, big or small and stick to them
Thanks Mercedes!! It was only after this interview that we realised we’ve actually seen Mercedes perform alongside Azealia Banks last year in Manchester with the Zebra Katz! Check the crazy video for “Live in The Speaker” below and keep an eye out for her music to blow, we predict big things for her!
Follow Mercedes on Twitter & Instagram @mercedesmyname